Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL3052: Epistemology

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

The module will familiarise you with core concepts in contemporary epistemology, and provide you with an understanding of central theories concerning the nature of knowledge; justification; and epistemic value. Upon completion of the module, you will also have acquired knowledge of the ways in which epistemological concerns relate to and inform wider issues in the discipline of philosophy, such as topics in metaphysics and the philosophy of science.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Understand and explain the philosophical challenges raised by sceptical arguments;
2. Demonstrate an acquisition of knowledge of different theoretical approaches to the nature of knowledge;
3. Articulate your own arguments for and against different theories of knowledge;
4. Explain in an informed way how epistemological problems are connected to issues in other philosophical domains, including metaphysics and the philosophy of science
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Analyze in a critical way different philosophical texts;
6. Present and discuss, orally and in writing, a variety of philosophical concepts and arguments;
Personal and Key Skills7. Illustrate and explain difficult ideas in writing and orally;
8. Analyze complex ideas and concepts and reflect upon them critically;
9. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.